> La vie en Rose

Has any flower ever achieved such a status as the rose?

First published in Riviera Insider Magazine, May/June 2016

Roses, these thorny, but smooth-petalled and perfumed flowers have been an integral part of our culture for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians adored them cultically, in China roses have been cultivated since 2700 B.C., the Egyptians dedicated the red rose to their goddess Isis. Greeks crowned their glorious warriors with them, and the infamous Roman emperor Nero indulged his guests at the legendary “sub rosa”-party with rose petals, rosewater, rose oil and rose wine. In the early age of sail roses became the export hit of the Orient and, when the “War of the Roses” was finally over, England made the rose its national flower. Continue Reading →

> Following the Japanese path

The principle of conscious reduction in a garden

First published in Riviera Insider Magazine, January 2016

A new year begins and we develop laudable plans, good intentions and perhaps even new perspectives. That’s a good thing to do because several unpleasant events in 2015 made us feel quite uneasy and our confidence in a general safety was totally shaken. Continue Reading →

> Following the Japanese path

The principle of conscious reduction in Asian garden design

First published in the Riviera Times/Monaco Times/Riviera Insider (1/2016)

A new year begins and we develop laudable plans, good intentions and perhaps even new perspectives. That’s a good thing to do because several unpleasant events in 2015 made us feel quite uneasy and our confidence in a general safety was totally shaken. Continue Reading →

> Bonjour Tristesse

Why autumn is the right time to plant on the Mediterranean

First published in the Riviera Times/Monaco Times/Riviera Insider (11/2015)

Doesn’t this book title of Francoise Sagan fit perfectly for November, this misty, gloomy killjoy? Deeply unmotivated to tackle garden work in cold and rain, we half-heartedly repair the tool shed’s door, only to get back inside asap where a hot pumpkin soup awaits us. Yep, it’s like that in countries with a more northern latitude. But not on the Cote D’Azur! Continue Reading →

> Anticipated Views

Getting inspiration from great gardens. Or: why Kew can be key

Perhaps you have already visited interesting gardens in your life, like the Villa d’Este (Tivoli), the Botanical Garden Berlin, Versailles, Ryōan-ji in Kyoto or of course Kew Gardens. 

Isn’t it amazing how beautifully composed and arranged these gardens are? A symphony of vibrant greens, topped with blossoms in all colors, flanked by silent paths and perfectioned by birds singing in the trees.

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